Narratives from the Classroom: An Introduction to Teaching introduces the reader to many of the important classroom issues surrounding the field of teaching. This book is unique in that it is a collection of personal accounts and ideas written by the teachers and teacher educators who lived those experiences. Because this is an introduction to teaching, each chapter addresses a different topic, ranging from the purpose of schools and teachers, issues about policies and programs in the school, and various practices found within the classroom walls. There is also a section that addresses preparation for the job market and what the first year of teaching is like. This book deliberately avoids being prescriptive and encourages the reader to form his or her own conclusions about the presented issues.
Chapter 3: Moral Education in American Schools
Moral Education in American Schools
The issue of teaching values, morals, and ethics receives much debate in education circles. People question whether such topics should be included in the curriculum, and even when there is some consensus about teaching morals, the question of which morals to teach is raised. This chapter addresses the complexities that go along with the idea of teaching morals, from both a historical and a modern perspective. All teachers teach morals and character through their own actions. It is, therefore, imperative that a preservice teacher begin to consider where he or she stands on certain issues before they arise in the classroom.
The epithet e pluribus unum (“out of many, one”), minted on the nation's currency, is ...